On April 18, 2014, I published the third edition of my first book, with a revised title: Searching for Ropens and Finding God. This is a major expansion, in some ways a new book, including a new chapter: 100 pages about sightings of pterosaurs in the United States.
Modern Pterosaurs in the USA
Consider one sighting in Virginia, although only a brief part is here quoted from the book:
In the fall of 2012, another eyewitness in Virginia contacted me.
“Hello, Jonathan. It’s nice to meet you. . . . Thank you for keeping me anonymous. I finished reading your book ‘Live Pterosaurs in America’ yesterday. It was very good. I like how you peppered it with a little humor, too. I appreciated how you kept private those who wished to remain anonymous. I would never have been able to try to guess any person’s personal information even if I had wanted to and that certainly puts my own fears at ease.
“I was seventeen at the time of this encounter. It was very late at night. . . . I’d place the time to be somewhere between ten and midnight. . . . I was then and had always been an evolutionist, but over the past few weeks I have been seriously rethinking that perspective and probably wouldn’t even describe myself as one any longer (although I still think it happens on a micro- level). This whole experience has me rethinking about it all. Thanks! . . .
“I went swimming with a friend at a local reservoir . . . My friend went back there along the edge of the waterline . . . I was standing straight up in the middle of the U section [shape of the body of water] with the water about as high as my hips and I was making some splashing I remember, rather loudly, right before I saw it.
“It came from the direction of the moon and, as we had no flashlights or any light source, all I saw was its silhouette. I could see it was big even before it was close. . . . “I have not before nor since ever been so petrified in my life. . . . I felt incapable of moving my legs. I just stood there, facing it until it literally got about 20 to 30 feet away and it ‘stopped’ and hovered mid-air.
“The wings were somewhere between 15 and 20 feet wide and they covered the entire opening to the U-shaped inlet when they were open. The wings were bat shaped without feathers, the head’s silhouette looked like a point (again, could not see facial features as it had the moon behind it) like a head crest but what I was looking at more than anything else was its large, sharp talons. . . . I thought it was going to attack me.
” . . . I don’t know why it stopped, but when it hovered there mid air 20 to 30 feet away directly in front of me about 15 to 20 feet above the water level, it moved its wings from wide outside to inside in front of its body twice which made a big “Whoosh!” sound both times and the wind it created made waves in the water . . .
“I think I was in shock. I think almost immediately the word ‘pterodactyl’ came to mind. (Sorry, didn’t learn about proper terms until recently when I was researching it. I’ve learned since that they are called pterosaurs.).” [Read much more about this encounter in Virginia in the book Searching for Ropens and Finding God]
Searching for Ropens and Finding God has many other sighting reports, from other areas of the world, including Africa, Europe, Canada, Cuba, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. In fact a major part of the first few chapters is about sightings and expeditions in Papua New Guinea.
Pterosaurs in Griffith Park (Los Angeles, California)
At about 6:10 a.m., on March 3, 2013, a lady was driving in one of the northbound lanes of the I-5, near the Colorado Street bridge just east of Griffith Park. She saw what she at first thought was some kind of stunt, perhaps by some production company, for the three objects were obviously like flying creatures but they were not birds. She later described them to me as “three dragons.”